Pederson has put together two excellent game plans to get the Eagles to the Super Bowl and will have two weeks to come up with a game plan for Belichick’s Patriots. The Eagles used a lot of run-pass options in their 15-10 win over the Falcons in the divisional round. Pederson put the ball in the hands of Nick Foles in the NFC championship game and Foles was fantastic with 352 passing yards and three scores against the NFL’s top defense.
Kaepernick did not participate when players and owners met Oct. 17 in New York, though Jenkins said afterward that Kaepernick had been invited. Kaepernick’s legal representatives issued a statement later that day saying that he had been asked to attend by players but received no official invitation from the league, while leaving open the possibility of Kaepernick participating in the future. The league said then it was up to the players to determine their representatives at such meetings.
Jags pass-rushers, led by Calais Campbell (14 1/2 sacks) and Yannick Ngakoue (12 sacks), could also force a fumble, as Ngakoue did with his strip-sack of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The tentative agreement does not directly address the ongoing protests by players during the national anthem, multiple people familiar close to the situation said earlier in the evening.
Owners have been hopeful that an agreement with the players on activism would lead all players to voluntarily stand for the anthem. But divisions on the players’ side that became evident earlier Wednesday could lead to the protests continuing even with the deal in place.
The tentative agreement is subject to approval by NFL owners. The owners are scheduled to meet in December in Dallas but might not take up the issue until the annual league meeting in March.